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NFF hunts for African opposition, after sealing Eagles/Brazil friendly

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is working hard at sealing a match with an African team for the Super Eagles, after announcing on Monday night that the three-time African champions will play Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on Sunday, October 13.

Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much-anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semi-finals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia (USA).

Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly match after that spectacular game came to nought for several years, until the organisers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0.

There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia, and next month’s session will test the character of the former African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players.

That new breed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2.

“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not every day that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team.

“The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.

The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November. After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on November 14, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 19.

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Boxer being treated for brain injury after losing fight

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Boxer Patrick Day is in an “extremely critical condition” after his defeat by Charles Conwell in Chicago.

The 27-year-old American is in a coma with “a traumatic brain injury”, said his promoter.

Day was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after being knocked out in the 10th round of his super welterweight bout on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon fight in the US, reports the BBC.

“Pat makes any room he is in a better place,” said promoter Lou DiBella.

“I’ve never met anyone who’s met Patrick and not liked him. Never heard him utter a mean word. Never seen him greet someone without a big smile. Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes.

“Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts and hearts.”

Day was taken from the ring on a stretcher on Saturday.

British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn wrote on social media: “Deepest prayers with Patrick right now.”

His company, Matchroom Boxing, which organised the event, also posted to say Day had “been taken directly to hospital”.

Speaking after the fight, 21-year-old American Conwell told IFL TV: “I give my blessings and concerns to him and his team. I hope he is OK. I know he is a great person.”

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Oshoala shoots Barca to win

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sisat Oshoala netted the winner for Barcelona as they beat Sporting de Huelva 1-0 in a Spanish Primera Iberdrola game on Sunday.

The Nigeria international had ended her goal drought in the Spanish top-flight with a brace in Barcelona’s 6-1 comeback thrashing of Atletico Madrid before sealing a 2-0 win at Sevilla.

 

The Super Falcons captain who turned 25 on Wednesday, was on target for Nigeria in Monday’s 1-1 draw against Cote d’Ivoire but her side could not avoid a third successive Olympic qualifying crash.

 

The FC Robo product struggled with the devastation from another botched Olympic dream to inspire Lluís Cortés’ ladies to their fourth win of the season with her lone 29th-minute strike.

 

The latest strike from the three-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year at Ciudad Deportiva El Conquero means she has now scored four goals in five league matches this season for Barcelona.

The win sees Barcelona retain the summit of the log on goal difference with 13 points from five matches, while Sporting are 13th with three points after five games.

Barcelona will host Juventus in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Wednesday before hosting Logrono on Sunday, while Sporting will play host to Deportivo La Corona on Saturday.

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Rohr deserves new deal with Brazil draw –Esin

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…insists consistency’ll make team stronger

 

 

Ex-international Etim Esin has said the Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr deserves  another contract after his side played a 1-1 draw with Brazil on Sunday.

 

There have been concerns about the future of the coach as his employers the Nigeria Football Federation is yet to table a new contract as the current deal is expected to run down next year’ June.

The coach has been growing worried about the development and speculation about him dumping the team has refused to abate.

 

Esin said the NFF should offer the Manager a new contract as soon as possible, insisting that the side’s impressive showing against the Samba Boys meant the coach had put the Eagles on the path of growth.

 

“I think the contract issue should be sorted out immediately; I am not close to the coach and I have never benefitted anything from him or the NFF but for me he has done pretty well to deserve a new contract.

 

“There shouldn’t be any reason for us to look for a new coach; you can see that he is building his team and we are getting the positive results. The side needs some kind of consistency to be able to build on the kind of performance we saw against Brazil. If you change the coach, it would affect the players because they are getting used to the man there and a new handler may destabilize the rhythm of the squad,” he said.

 

The former Flying Eagles star praised the team’s performance against Brazil, saying the result was a positive thing for the country’s football.

“The 1-1 draw was a very good result; it is not easy to get that kind of scoreline against a big side like Brazil and I want the players to savour the victory. Not very many countries can achieve such great result against Brazil but I am not talking about the result alone but the general performance of the young lads; they are proving that with time and consistency they can stand against any country in the world,” he said.

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NFF axes erring staff after Olympics ouster

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he ‘powerful’ staff taking unilateral decisions and causing other distractions in the team is on already under severe probe.

Authoritative sources at the weekend revealed pending the outcome of the investigation over various allegations leveled against the official, the football body has removed the erring staff from the female football department of the federation.

 

 

It was further leant that the NFF took the decision following the outcry that followed the ouster of the Falcons from the football event of the Olympic Games slated for Tokyo next year in Japan.

Nigeria played goalless against Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan and in the return leg, the team played 1-1 in Agege to grant the Ivoriens a passage to the next round of the competition.

 

 

Two key players- Desire Oparanozie and Onome Ebi were excluded from the team that played Cote d’Ivoire and it was alleged that the powerful NFF secretariat staff removed the players and the interference also led to the resignation of former coach Thomas Dennerby.

“The situation is embarrassing and the NFF is trying to correct that especially because the minister, Sunday Dare, just like many other Nigerians is said to be angry over the development,” our source said.

The source added that the erring staff may be redeployed to the competition department or any other unit.

The Falcons, it will be recalled have missed the last three Olympic Games football event . The last appearance of the team was at Beijing 2008.

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he Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, Ebi Egbe, has added another feather to his cap as he became a member of the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship in the United Kingdom.

Egbe’s membership of the institute which was founded way back in 1934 was officially conveyed to him last week in London.

Confirming the development, Egbe whose outfit, Monimichelle is Africa’s leading stadium construction outfit said becoming a member of the institute would propel him to do more for Nigeria and Africa in the quest to eradicate bad pitches.

“You know in Monimichelle, our vision is to eradicate bad pitches in Africa. The jobs we are doing in Nigeria clearly shows that we are on course. Becoming a member of the prestigious UK Institute of Groundsmanship would encourage me to do more and I m happy clubs coming to Nigeria to play are giving us kudos. Al Hilal of Sudan after playing in Aba has extended invitation to us to do their pitches. Our geotech pitches are some of the best in the world and we don’t compromise on quality,” Egbe said.

The UK Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) promotes, support and celebrate surfaces and services – and are ’THE’ leading not-for-profit member organisation, that represents professional and volunteer groundsmen and women.

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FG to accelerate concessioning of National Stadium

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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has assured that the Federal Government will collaborate with the Lagos State Government to accelerate the process of concessioning the National Stadium, Surulere.

Dare said this at the weekend in Lagos, during the inspection of the National Stadium and Teslim Balogun Stadium, both in Surulere, as well as the Onikan Stadium.

He noted that there could be no sports development without corresponding improved facility, hence the need for the inspection of the facilities in the stadia to assess their state.

According to him, the inspection tour is in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that stadia in the country are properly maintained.

He said that the inspection was a sign of what would happen to the stadia in Lagos and other sporting facilities across the country.

”Today is historical because we are seeing the next level in sports development in this country.

”There is no sports development without facilities, hence we need to maintain our facilities. We need to upgrade them and we need to manage them properly.

”What you see today is the first step towards maintaining what is a national monument,” Dare said.

 

 

The minister said the plan was to renovate and upgrade the national stadium to an international standard.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said he had gone round with the minister and seen the state of negligence and misuse of the national stadium.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state was ready to turn the stadium to an international asset that Nigerians would be proud of.

He said that the federal government had agreed to work with the Lagos state government on the process of concessioning the stadium.

”Lagos state has indicated interest to help manage and bring back the dead assets that we have there and turn them into a viable asset for our teeming youth,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor promised that the stadium would soon wear a new look to gaurantee a sporting future for the people around as well as the sporting community at large.

He said that the stadium was built over 43 years ago and the infrastructure was still very strong.

 

 

”We just need to do a whole lot more to revamp it, put it to use and monitor how it is managed,” the governor said.

He said that the state government was committed to making the national stadium ready for the second FIFA inspection team’s visit.

Sanwo-Olu said that government was working with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure a smooth FIFA Under-20 Women World Cup tournament scheduled for 2020.

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Team Ikate wins EKO Disco Tennis

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eam Ikate at the weekend emerged the winner of the maiden EKO Disco Team Tennis tournament which took place at the Ikoyi club 1938.

Team ikoyi finished with a total of 10 points against Team Anifowoshe’s 7.

The 10-day tournament had eight teams on parade, thrilling fans of the game at the elite club.

Team Ademola, Team Fowler, Team Badagry, Team Ijora, Team Igbo- Efon and Team Lekki took part in the competition.

Chairman of the Ikoyi Club tennis section, Bimbo Okubena, said he was happy with the standard of the competition.

Okubena said: ” It was a very nice competition with high standards. I am alao glad that club members had a great rime in the past two weeks.

“The quality of tennis witnessed was very high and we expect to stage more competitions as the year rolls to an end.

“We appreciate Eko Disco, our sponsors, and we hope to continue the partnership

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Prudent Energy Handball League: Kada Queens, Plateau Vipers shine

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ada Queens of Kaduna edged northern rivals Desert Queens 22-18 in the first game played at the Prudent Energy Handball League yesterday at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba. 

Both teams gave their best in a game that saw lots of exciting moments but it was the Queens from Kaduna that did more to win the game. 

Former Nigerian Women champions, Imo Grasshoppers fell to Ghana Police team 25-36. The results will not affect the position of Grasshoppers on the league table, but was a good test for the Imo team, who currently remains fourth on the log.

The Ghanaian team is playing as an invited team and their result will not have any bearing on tournament. 

Plateau Vipers came out smoking in the tie and were three goals better than Borno Spiders as the game ended 29-26.

Spiders played their part in the interesting tie but were unable to score the goals that would give them victory. Their aggressive towards the end of the game was also not enough to help them win the games as they would hope for better luck today.

Edo Dynamos continued their good run in the league by beating Owena Queens 29-19 to remain unbeaten in the second phase of the league.

This would go down as one of the easiest game for Dynamos who played with a lot of reserves in their tank with the clash against table-topping Safety Babes, a must-win for the Edo team.    

D. Defenders (Civil Defence) were in ruthless form as they defeated Prison Key Boys 44-22 in a one sided affair yesterday. The Civil Defence dominated the game and it was a matter of how big the scoreline would be as their victory was never in doubt.   

COAS Shooters were also at their best as they defeated Sokoto Rima 35-32 to end the morning games yesterday.

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Korean Ambassador’s Championships returns to Lagos

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50 athletes from 20 teams will arrive Lagos this week to compete at the 10th Korean Ambassador’s Cup, scheduled to take place on October 17 and 18, 2019 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos.

Competitors at the prestigious tournament, which is being organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation and supported by the Embassy of Korea in Nigeria, will do battle in a total of 21 events including 16 Kyeorugi events and 5 Poomsae events.

Technology to be deployed at the event would include the Daedo Gen 2 electronic scoring system, Taekoplan Overall Venue Management System and Instant Video Replay, which would ensure that the event matches

Registration for the event was done online through the World Taekwondo Global Membership System, and plans have been concluded to stream the event live to ensure it reaches a global audience.

Winners will walk away with Taekwondo Equipment and huge National Ranking Points, and the best male and female athlete who would walk away with brand new Flat TV sets as the grand prizes.  Free tournament T-shirts will also be given to all participants ad spectators who grace the event.

To add special glamour to the event, spectators and participants will be treated to a special performance from the international award-winning Kukkiwon Demo team, who are flying in from South Korea to exhibit their well-known acrobatic displays during the closing ceremony on 18th October 2019.

Registered for the event are athletes from Akwa Ibom, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, FCT, Delta, Osun, Taraba, Oyo, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Anambra, Edo, Ebonyi, Ondo, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, NSCDC and various other Clubs.

A good number of the athletes that represented Nigeria at the 12th All African Games will be in action for the first time since the event in August, including All African Games Bronze Medallist, Benjamin Okuomose; African Youth Bronze Medallist, Chidinma Okoko Helen; Commonwealth Medallists Josephine Esuku and 2018 KAC Gold Medallist and MVP, Ifeoluwa Ajayi.

The last time Lagos hosted the prestigious Korean Ambassador’s series was in 2016.

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Aribo on target as Selecao holds Eagles

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The Super Eagles on Sunday were forced to a 1-1 draw by five-time world champions Brazil in a friendly played in Singapore.

The Nigerian side raced to a first half lead through Joseph Aribo but Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro restored parity shortly after the break.

Both teams started with good pace, passion and intensity at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang and after only two minutes, Roberto Firmino’s turn and shot flew away from the Nigerian goal. Three minutes later, the three –time African champions waltzed their way into the Brazilian vital area but Victor Osimhen’s shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Ederson.

Brazil’s France –based forward Neymar was forced to quit the game after only 12 minutes, due to injury, but seven minutes later Marquinhos could have put Nigeria in front with a bizarre own goal after his attempt to clear Chukwueze’s pull-out went wrong.

Villarreal FC of Spain’s Chukwueze, a former Nigeria U17 World Cup winner, was a thorn in the flesh of the Selecao throughout, and created chances for Nigeria in the 20th and 24th minute but Osimhen was cut out by an alert Brazilian rear.

In the 28th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho showed excellent agility in cutting out a powerful header by the ubiquitous Gabriel Jesus. Two minutes later, Uzoho was again alert to foil a shot by Firmino, and then reacted faster than Philip Coutinho as the ball danced in the box.

In the 35th minute, Nigeria broke through again, this time mining gold. Joseph Aribo, who scored on his debut in the friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro last month, kept his cool and showed cleverness in taking a pass from Moses Simon and ghosting past Casemiro and Thiago Silva to shoot past Ederson for the opener.

The goal expectedly stung the Selecao into greater intensity and desperation, but they could have conceded again two minutes later only for Wilfred Ndidi to shoot directly at Ederson from a counter attack. In the 40th minute, stand –in captain William Ekong, who had a great game alongside central defence partner Semi Ajayi, cleared as Jesus lobbed into the Nigerian box, and four minutes later, a free kick by Coutinho whistled past Uzoho’s post though he had it well covered.

In the second half, the Selecao launched onslaught after onslaught, and equalized in the 48th minute as Casemiro reacted faster than the defence when the ball bounced off the crossbar from a Marquinhos header.

The South Americans then swarmed on the Nigeria rear to get more goals but found the Super Eagles super resilient, with Chidozie Awaziem, Jamilu Collins, Ndidi and goalscorer Aribo brilliantly complementing Ekong and Ajayi.

The result was a huge confidence booster for the Super Eagles, who begin their race to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month. It was also a huge improvement from Nigeria’s 0-3 defeat to the Selecao in a friendly match in Abuja in June 2003.

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